museum & exhibits


renewal & reconciliation
at Vernon museum


GVMA staff are excited to have taken part in Cultural Safety Programtraining with Syilx Elders from Okanagan Nation. Our goal is to further the process of reconciliation in direct collaboration with members of the Syilx community, the First Nation on whose Traditional, Ancestral and Unceded territory the Greater Vernon Museum & Archives is located. 

GVMA exhibit spaces have been under construction.  As we go through this reconciliation process, the displays, exhibits and gallery will reflect some changes in what is displayed, who and what is represented, and how. 

We invite you to join us on in this process toward greater reconciliation alongside local members of the Okanagan First Nation, as we create space that acknowledges and respects the lasting legacy the Syilx People of the Okanagan, as well as the diversity of cultures and communities who now call this area home.



JUNE 2021: Museum open to School, Student & Independent Learners by appointment only – CONTACT US to Book Ahead!

We look forward to opening to Public, Drop-in & Tours beginning July 2021 – Stay Tuned!


The Greater Vernon Archives are open to individuals by appointment only. 



Wednesday – Friday
1:00 – 4:00 PM





The GVMA is embarking on an intensive series of Cultural Safety workshops with local Okanagan Nation elders. As we go through this process, the displays, exhibits and galleries will reflect some of the changes in who and what is represented, and how.


The Greater Vernon Museum and Archives houses a diverse collection of over 30,000 artifacts. This includes natural history specimens, clothing, paintings, a 1910 carriage, the original Post Office clock, and a mysterious whale bone.


our stories,

The GVMA Gazette explores a different aspect of North Okanagan history each week. Through archival research, enlivened by archival photos, we bring to life some of the stories that create the diversity of this area.




Virtual Exhibits compliment our onsite exhibits, and provide a way for people to access some our collection items, archival photos and documents, and oral history from wherever you are. Take a Virtual Visit!




Greater Vernon Museum & Archives is located on the Ancestral, Traditional and Unceded Territory of the Okanagan Nation and the Syilx People.